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This variety of apricots is relatively new and does not look like an apricot at all except for the shape. Look for a dark purple to nearly black piece of fruit.

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Eating fresh, baking, glazes, canning, dried, preserves and jams, desserts.

Excellent juiced.


An Apricot should be well-formed and fairly firm. This apricot will be dark purple to nearly black and slightly more firm than a regular apricot.


Apricots are very fragile and are prone to bruising – so look for indications of poor handling.


Soft fruit should be ripened at room temperature and then refrigerated until you're ready to eat them.

Unripend soft fruit can be stored for up to a week in the coldest part of your regrigerator, and will still ripen correctly.


To ripen apricots, place them in a sealed plastic or paper bag and keep them at room temperature.

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  • Apricots are known as, "Moons of the Faithful" in China where they originated. Their cultivation spread westward from China to Persia and the Mediterranean, eventually coming to the New World with Spanish settlers.

    The apricot brought to North America by Spanish explorers who planted them in the gardens of their missions.

    The first major North American apricot harvest was recorded in 1792 south of San Francisco.

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